About December 4

December 4, 2024 is the 339th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 56 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 4

  • 771
    Austrasian King Carloman dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne King of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.
  • 1110
    First Crusade: The Crusaders sack Sidon.
  • 1259
    Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels.
  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stewart’s army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the second Jacobite Rising.
  • 1829
    In the face of fierce local opposition, British governor Lord William Bentinck issues a regulation declaring that all who abet suttee in India are guilty of culpable homicide.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea – At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman’s campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1872
    The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia (the ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged).
  • 1875
    Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then Spain.
  • 1893
    First Matabele War: A patrol of 34 British South Africa Police officers is killed in battle by an estimated 3,000 Ndebele on the Shangani River in Matabeleland.
  • 1921
    The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe ‘Fatty’Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
  • 1937
    The first issue of the children’s comic, The Dandy Comic, is published, one of the first to use speech balloons.
  • 1939
    World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by GS U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
  • 1954
    The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, United States
  • 1977
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjong Kupang, Johor, killing 100.
  • 1980
    English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
  • 1991
    Captain Mark Pyle pilots Clipper Goodwill, a Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-221ADV, to Miami International Airport ending 64 years of Pan Am operations.
  • 1992
    Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.
  • 1993
    A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • 1998
    The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • 2006
    Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana, US; the subsequent court case becomes a cause célèbre.

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